LIONS are known as the king of the jungle, but one was king of the kids yesterday in Warrnambool.
South Warrnambool export and Brisbane Lions co-captain Jonathan Brown held court at King’s College, running a one-on-one coaching session and leading a game of AFL nines, a format designed for primary-aged children.
There were faces watching on in every window as Brown put the school’s grade threes through their paces on the school oval. His visit was part of a competition run by the Warrnambool Petstock outlet, which was won by Alexandra Womersley.
The nine-year-old said it “very cool” to be the one to bring Brown to the school.
“It’s great. All my friends have been really excited,” she said.
“I barrack for Collingwood, but it’s still very cool to have Brownie here.”
Following the private clinic, Brown spoke to the school’s senior students before hosting another game of AFL nines at Walter Oval with students from across Warrnambool.
Brown said it was great to be home and to meet the enthusiastic group.
“It’s always nice to get home. The countryside is looking magnificent. I’ve never seen it so green,” he said.
“It’s always good to come out to the schools and meet the kids as well.”
He won’t be able to watch his sister Gabrielle line up for Koroit in Saturday’s Hampden league A grade netball grand final.
“I’ve got a busy week in Melbourne next week, so I won’t be able to hang around, which is a bit of a shame,” Brown said.